>> December 20, 2011
District Dining is a new favourite restaurant that I discovered this year. In fact, I cannot believe that it took me this long to try it! Tucked away right next to Central Station opposite the Devonshire Street exit, it is unbelievably convenient to get to by public transport.
District Dining has one of those menus where there are at least ten different things that I want to try because everything just sounds so good! The first time we visited, I was bitterly disappointed to hear that the school prawns had sold out for the day. I stared at the waiter in disbelief before shaking myself back to reality and had a consolation prize of the crispy quail eggs with tarragon mayonnaise instead. They were nice, but they were no school prawns. On this same visit, I tried the steak tartare and mandarin brulee - it was delicious and enough to convince me to come back again.
During this second visit, I crossed my fingers and prayed to the food gods that the school prawns would be available.
This time, I started off with a crisp pear caprioska.
It was refreshing and exactly what I needed on a Friday night.
After studying the menu for a long time (again, there were too many enticing options and there had been some seasonal menu changes since the last visit), we waved the waiter over. I ordered with baited breath and the waiter didn't blink an eye as he wrote down the order for school prawns. Phew!
The crispy school prawns were amazing! So delicious. Each prawn was chomped down whole, with the head and body deep fried to a crunch. The bowl of prawns seemed bottomless, it was a generous serving size for the mere $16 paid. I especially liked the bigger prawns as they had the most prawn-y flavour.
The chicken wings were also yummy with the clear standout being the finger-licking chili caramel sauce.
When the spatchcock arrived at our table, I was surprised by how BIG it was! The spatchcock had been carved into quarters and seemed about the same size as a small chicken. I could only eat about half of this and handed over the rest to my dining companion.